sleep health

By Dave Muoio May 29, 2019
The summer of 2016 was dominated by a digital wellness app that few saw coming: Pokémon Go, a mobile game that used GPS and augmented reality to encourage players to explore real-world locations. And while the initial spike of mainstream consumer interest dropped off within a few months, The Pokémon Company and app developer Niantic (a Google spinout) have gradually won players back with content...
By Dave Muoio April 24, 2019
Onera Health, an at-home sleep diagnostics startup spun out of research center imec, has raised $9.3 million in Series A funding. The round led by Jazz Pharmaceuticals and imec.xpand, with additional participation from imec, BOM and other unnamed investors. WHAT THEY DO Onera’s in-development diagnostic platform is centered on disposable monitor patches. The product is pitched as an alternative...
With constant interruptions and vital checks, getting a good night of sleep in the hospital can be a challenge for patients.  But a recent EarlySense study conducted at the University of Chicago found that using the company’s contact-free remote monitoring system as an alternative to waking patients up for vital check throughout the night led to better sleep and satisfaction for patients.  “What...
By Dave Muoio March 18, 2019
Over the last week, San Francisco-based Vida Health’s consumer and member digital health coaching programs have seen the rollout of a personalized behavior recommendation and reminder tool powered by machine learning. In addition, the company is announcing later today a new coaching program focused on healthy sleeping, both as a standalone offering and as a module supporting its other services...
By Jonah Comstock December 6, 2018
It looks like Apple's not yet done with Beddit, the sleep-tracking device startup it acquired in May 2017. An FCC filing uncovered by VentureBeat suggests strongly that the company is planning to launch a new version of the device, likely with more traditional Apple design but retaining the Beddit brand. Launched in 2013, Beddit's under-the-sheets strap leverages ballistocardiography (BCG), a...
By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2017
Hello, a heavily hyped and funded Silicon Valley company focused on passive sleep monitoring, is shutting down according to multiple media reports and a medium post from founder James Proud. Hello's Sense device raised $2.4 million in a landmark crowdfunding campaign in 2014 and followed that with a total of $40 million in venture funds from Singapore investment firm Temasek and a slew of high...
By Jonah Comstock December 16, 2014
Ambre Health CTO and co-founder Brek Wilkins One of the biggest complaints about healthcare, one of the biggest pain points that digital technology promises to solve, is that data sits in silos, so that even if a piece of data could help a patient, it might not be in the hands of the doctor who needs to see it. Ambre Health, a recently formed startup out of Oklahoma State University (OSU),...
By Aditi Pai March 6, 2014
Jawbone, maker of the Jawbone UP activity tracker, launched an app today with a different take on sleep tracking. The app, UP Coffee, helps users regulate their caffeine intake and understand how caffeine affects their sleep. While the app is open for anyone to download, not just owners of a Jawbone UP wristband, if the user owns the UP or UP24, he or she can also sync UP Coffee with that device...
By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2014
HealthMap is a previous project from the team now studying sleep health. Boston Children's Hospital is teaming up with Merck to turn Twitter and Facebook into a new source for sleep health data -- data about how many people in a population suffer from insomnia and what they have in common with each other. "This is sort of our foray to see how we can mine social media to get an understanding of...
By Brian Dolan January 3, 2014
Ahead of CES in Las Vegas next week San Francisco-based Basis Science announced a new advanced sleep analysis feature for its wristworn, multisensor health tracker as well as a new Carbon Steel Edition of the device that it promises will fit more snuggly and look more premium than its more plastic predecessor. The new Basis Carbon Steel Edition includes "polished chrome details and stretchable,...